Sasa Vann, a former Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School athlete, highlighted four school-record-setting performances by Buffalo State as the Bengals competed against one of the premier fields in the Northeast with competitors from all divisions at the recent Boston University Valentine Invitational.
Riverhead’s Ashley Courts is seeded eighth in the long jump for the state qualifying meet Saturday. (Daniel De Mato photo)
The indoor track and field state qualifier will take place Saturday at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood. In individual events, the top two finishers earn a trip to states. A third-place finisher can earn a spot by holding a qualifying standard. In relays, only the winning team qualifies. (more…)
DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia was first in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600 Saturday at the Small School County Championship.
There won’t be much of an offseason for Ryan Udvadia when he arrives at college next fall.
The standout distance runner from Shoreham-Wading River signed a National Letter of Intent this week to attend High Point University in North Carolina. He plans to compete in cross country, indoor and outdoor track — the running trifecta.
“I’m pretty sure I can handle it,” Udvadia said after a signing ceremony in the school library Thursday. “I just got to keep up my school work. I’m looking forward to it.”
Udvadia is the latest in a long line of talented distance runners to come through the Shoreham program. He’s excelled in all three seasons, most recently winning the 3,200-meter race Saturday at the Small School County Championship. He’ll compete this weekend at the Section XI State Qualifier, where he’ll look to earn a trip to states for the second straight year in both the 3,200 and 1,600.
Udvadia said the college search turned out to be easier than he expected.
“Luckily I found this school and started talking to them in early July,” he said. “It all worked out really well.”
DePaul University was another school he had been looking at before deciding on High Point. The process of searching for a school picked up intensity toward the end of last school year, Udvadia said. He fielded emails and filled out questionnaires before the recruitment from coaches picked up in July.
“They would send me messages on Facebook with their email,” he said.
A nearby Long Islander currently competes for High Point. Adam DeVito of Miller Place competes in jumping events for the High Point track team.
The cross country portion of the college season will represent a new challenge for Udvadia. Most races are 8K, as opposed to 5K in high school.
“It’s going to be harder training,” he said. “I’ll be prepared for it.”
ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Riverhead senior Dan Normoyle.
It’s been a record-setting year for Riverhead senior Dan Normoyle in the pole vault. From the winter track season straight through the spring season, Normoyle and his Blue Wave teammates continued to impress with their ability to clear higher and higher heights.
Normoyle was one of several local athletes who wrapped up the spring season by competing this weekend at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in North Carolina.
Normoyle, a senior, competed in the emerging elite division for the pole vault and finished in 11th place. He cleared 14 feet 8 1/4 inches. Eleven vaulters finished at the same height, including third-place finisher Josh Hopkins from Massachusetts.
Two vaulters topped that mark. Dylan Altland of New Jersey and Ian West of North Carolina both cleared 15-02 1/4. Altland took first based on fewer jumps.
More than 40 vaulters competed in the competition.
Shoreham-Wading River junior Ryan Udvadia ran the two-mile championship race and finished 18th in 9 minutes 21.43 seconds.
Two runners cracked 9 minutes, including Sean McGorty of Virginia who ran 8:45.61 to take first place.
Shoreham also had a girls 4 x 800 relay team run at nationals. The quartet of Laura Lee, Makayla Meeker, Rose Andrews and Kaitlyn Ohrtmann ran 9:43.71 to finish ninth in the emerging elite division.
ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River junior Jordan Wright crosses the finish line first in the 200-meter dash Thursday at the Division III Championship.
DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP
Shoreham-Wading River junior Jordan Wright sprinted to a pair of victories Thursday at the Division III Championship and nearly led a relay team to another win.
Wright won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes at Connetquot High School as the Wildcats finished second in team scoring behind Bayport-Blue Point.
Wright ran 10.99 seconds in the 100. He easily secured the victory in the 200 by running 22.10. Jared Gray of Bayport finished behind Wright in 22.64 for second.
The Wildcats tallied 95.33 points for second place behind the Phantoms, who ran away with the championship with 172.
The Wildcats finished second in the 4 x 100 relay by the slimmest of margins. Wyandanch crossed the finish line a tenth of a second ahead of the Wildcats.
Wright ran the opening leg of the relay, before handing off to Max Maritato. Bryce Casey ran the third leg before handing the baton to Isreal Squires for the final 100 meters.
The Wildcats finished in 44.33 while Wyandanch crossed in 44.32.
Squires ran the last leg on an injured ankle he suffered just before the meet on Tuesday, the first day of competition. The injury prevented Squires from competing in the triple and high jump. He long jumped 22 feet for third.
Junior Ryan Udvadia won the 1,600 in 4:25.79. He outckicked Port Jefferson sophomore James Burke down the final 100 meters for the victory.
Shoreham’s 4 x 800 relay team of Udvadia, Keith Steinbrecher, Jack Kelly and Matt Gladysz took first in 8:27.3.
Steinbrecher was third in the 3,000 steeplechase in 10:28.24.
ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead senior Dan Normoyle had little trouble on his entry height, easily clearing 13 feet 6 inches in the pole vault Thursday night at Connetquot High School.
At 7:13 p.m. Thursday night — the majority of events at the track and field division championships already completed — Riverhead senior Dan Normoyle sprinted down the pole vault runway for his first run-through.
For more than three hours, Normoyle, wearing sweats over his uniform, watched pole vaulter after pole vaulter compete in the division championships at Connetquot High School.
Finally, it was his time.
Electing to enter the competition at 13 feet 6 inches, Normoyle began at a time when 32 pole vaulters had already bowed out of the competition, leaving just four athletes still standing.
He had reason to be confident.
He easily soared over the bar at 13-6. And about 45 minutes later, in an intense competition featuring four outstanding pole vaulters, Normoyle set an outdoor school record by clearing 14-9.
What made the competition so great for Normoyle was the fact he was competing against two of his teammates. Sophomore Charles Villa set a personal best by clearing 14-6. He came awfully close on his second attempt at 14-9, just nicking the bar with his chest as he glided over.
Smithtown West senior Karl Nilsen matched Villa by clearing 14-6, but couldn’t equal Normoyle.
Riverhead senior Jonah Spaeth was fourth in the competition by clearing 13-6.
Normoyle attempted 15 feet three times just before the lights shut off at Connetquot.
Nilsen, who was persevered through a leg injury, was the first to clear 14-6 on his second attempt. Normoyle matched him on his next attempt, leaving it up to Villa to join them at the next height. On Villa’s third attempt he topped 14-6 for his personal best.
The four pole vaulters from Division II cleared higher heights than any pole vaulter from Division I or III.